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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - ALA Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Proposed Budget - February 22, 2018

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 2/13/18 - ALA Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Proposed Budget

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 The American Lung Association issued the following statement by President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer in response to President Trump's proposal to significantly cut funding for domestic spending programs that would include critical federal health agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and agencies within the Health and Human Services:

"Over the past year, Americans have been hit by repeated public health crises, from devastating wildfires and deadly storms to an influenza epidemic. President Trump's budget proposal would simply make things worse.

"The urgent need to invest in public health programs at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is clearer than ever. The President's proposed budget would make sweeping cuts to CDC, rendering the nation more vulnerable to influenza and other infectious diseases as well as chronic diseases including asthma and those caused by tobacco use.

"The President's proposal would also slash the National Institutes of Health's budget, significantly hampering our nation's scientists and doctors from finding cures and better treatments for the millions of Americans living with lung cancer, COPD and asthma.

"The President's budget assumes that Congress will block grant Medicaid, cutting funding for this key public health program, as well as adding barriers and reducing access to the number of people who are eligible for coverage through Medicaid.

"It would also dramatically cut EPA's budget, greatly weakening our nation's ability to clean up air pollution under the Clean Air Act and address climate change.

"Investments in the health of our nation are critical. The American Lung Association calls on Congress to continue the work started with last week's continuing resolution and spending caps agreement, and reject these cuts and policy proposals that will harm the health of all Americans. We need a long-term federal spending plan with a balanced approach that focuses on the health of Americans, and includes much needed resources to health programs and other non-defense discretionary accounts."



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